Walro v. Lee (In re Lee)

(S.D. Ind. Feb. 13, 2017)

The district court affirms the bankruptcy court’s judgment in favor of the trustee in this fraudulent transfer action. The district court rejects the defendant’s arguments that the bankruptcy court relied too heavily on a trust document and state court judgment for the finding of fraud. The bankruptcy court did not abuse its discretion by entering a money judgment for the value of the shares at the time of the transfer rather than ordering that the shares be returned (at their depreciated value). The bankruptcy court also did not commit clear error in valuing the shares. Opinion below.

Judge: Young

Attorneys for Trustee: Rubin & Levin PC, John M. Rogers

Appellant: Pro Se

2017-02-13-in-re-lee

Author: Matt Lindblom

In re Neace

(Bankr. E.D. Ky. Jan. 6, 2017)

The bankruptcy court overrules the creditor’s objection to confirmation of the Chapter 13 plan. The creditor argued its claim, secured by the debtors’ mobile home, should be increased by the cost of delivery and set-up of the home. The court holds that set-up and delivery costs may not be used as a means to increase the replacement value as a matter of law. Opinion below.

Judge: Wise

Attorney for Debtor: Daryle M. Ronning

Attorneys for Creditor: McBrayer, McGinnis, Leslie & Kirkland, Zachary A. Horn

2017-01-06-in-re-neace

Author: Matt Lindblom

In re Jude

(E.D. Ky. Bankr. June 24, 2016)

In this Chapter 13, the bankruptcy court rules on the objection to confirmation and finds that the creditor’s expert’s valuation of the debtor’s mobile home was more reliable than the valuations provided by the debtor’s experts. The creditor’s expert testimony was not hearsay, as it was reasonable for the expert to rely on information about the particular mobile home model provided by the manufacturer. The debtor’s experts failed to obtain knowledge of the particular model before determining their values. Opinion below.

Judge: Schaaf

Attorney for Debtor: Holmes Law Firm, Elaina L. Holmes

Attorney for Creditor: McBrayer, McGinnis, Leslie and Kirkland, Zachary A. Horn

2016-06-24 – in re jude

Author: Matt Lindblom

In re Thornton

In re Thornton

(Bankr. S.D. Ind. May 23, 2016)

The bankruptcy court sustains the creditor’s objection to the proposed Chapter 13 plan, finding the creditor’s expert more credible than the debtor’s expert as to valuation of the debtor’s mobile home. Thus, the the creditor’s secured claim was higher than the amount provided for in the plan. The court also holds that certain of the appliances in the home are not accessions and thus are not subject to the creditor’s lien. Opinion below.

Judge: Moberly

Attorney for Debtors: Albright and Albright, Attorneys at Law, Jonathan Lamoin Albright, Jr.

Attorney for Creditor: Timothy J. O’Connor

2016-05-23 – in re thornton

Author: Matt Lindblom